Burning Man 2018: Art in the Eye of the Beholder
After every year at Burning Man it becomes clear that the impressive and vast amount of large and small artworks that one encounters is almost impossible to see in its entirety. And that is a real shame. One might not know that many of the artworks are crowd funded and sometimes made over many years time, allowing people to interact with and at times fully integrate themselves into the installations and sculptures. The art is an integral part to the festival and is really something not to be underestimated.
The vast landscape of the desert provides the perfect backdrop for these works and function as not only attractions of awe and wonder, but also as a waypoint for lost people trying to find each other in the long stretches of the playa.
However you might have gotten to know the works, we have put together an overview of our favourite installations of 2018. We wish we were back there to see ALL of them!
Orb by Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange
Rainbow Bridge by Josh Zubkoff
The Embrace by Michael Benisty
Cinema and Light Signs by Olivia Steele
Bloom by Peter Hazel
Festivalia Goes Summer Festival-ing
Summer is here and we are in the full swing of things. To make the most of your summer and to create some memorable experiences we have lined up our favourite summer festivals around Europe for 2018.
Make it one to remember!
Fusion Festival – Mecklenburg, Germany – 27 June-1 July 2018
Get out of your everyday routine by going to the ‘parallel universe’ created by ‘Fusionists’ in the vast plains of Mecklenburg. Four days of amazing music from all over the world, as well as cinema, performance art and theatre amongst others sounds like our cup of tea.
Boom Festival – Indanha-A-Nove Lake, Portugal – 22-29 July 2018
Let yourself take off for Boomland, the magical paradise created within Boom Festival, and we promise it’s an experience you won’t forget. The week-long has an incredible line-up and endless experiential potential. Also, the festival takes place only once every two years, so hop to it!
Garbicz – Garbicz, Poland – 2-5 August 2018
Travel into the beautiful surroundings of the lake in Garbicz for an unforgettable weekend. The non-commercial, ecological festival with onsite camping is truly worth the visit. The DJs are in unison with nature and its audience and therefore really has that one of a kind vibe due to its small and local set-up.
Wilderness – Cornbury Park, United Kingdom – 2-5 August 2018
Who hasn’t wanted to get away from it all in the most idyllic of English countryside surroundings. Make your midsummer night’s dream come true through a long weekend at Wilderness, where you can make the most of your stay with its vast music & arts programme, as well as giving you the opportunity to interact and really get involved through its talks and workshops.
Dimensions – Štinjan, Croatia – 29 August-2 September 2018
There are few more beautiful locations than the abandoned fort you will be dancing the day and night away in in Štinjan. Surrounded by turquoise water and lush green in combination with this year’s line-up – we promise you you are in for one hell of a ride to end your summer properly.
Into the Valley – Fuengirola, Spain – 28-30 September 2018
Taking place in Spain for the first time this year, Into the Valley promises a pretty spectacular weekend at the end of September. We were already fans when the festival took place in Sweden and from what we can see from the new location and line-up this year we won’t be disappointed.
Festivalia Goes Down Under
by Marco Fusaro
There are occasions in life where you cannot (and should not) say no. A musical festival I have never been to is certainly among these occasions. Thanks to this obsession of mine and having just returned to Australia to take on a new professional experience I was easily drawn to the music being created in every corner of this country. What I have learned living on this continent is that there is always something fun to do. In fact, the only difficult part (and disadvantage) of living here is to have to choose which festival to go to, especially because Australia has so many huge festivals every year, bringing with it a lot of local and international artists.
In ‘God’s land’, outdoor festivals are something of another level. The locations, the music lovers who participate and needless to say the music make it absolutely unique.
Burning Seed “Deeper Space” 2017, Subsonic Music Festival 2017, Rainbow Serpent Festival 2018 and Pitch Music & Arts 2018 are just some of the events which I visited over the last 8 months and where I wore out the soles of my dance shoes and recharged the energy of the soul and mind. Yes, because each time an Australian festival is also an opportunity to get in touch with nature, dancing among impressive forests, at the foot of mountains or on the banks of rivers and creating indissoluble connections with those who will be new friends.
Hereby my review of two of my favourite festivals. All I can say is book your tickets and experience it for yourself.
BURNING SEED “Deeper Space” 2017 @ Matong State Forest
“What is Deeper Space? It is an empty region of ‘outer space’ beyond our reach, or is it a place to find a deeper understanding of ourselves and the space that lies between us?
As humans, we constantly search for meaning to our existence, we look for connections with others and we have gazed at the stars with childlike wonder imagining what else is out there and if we are alone in the universe.
Burning Seed is a reminder that we are not alone and that we are all connected to a deep level. Gaze to the stars and look for a deeper feeling.
(words by Andy Goodyear)
Last September, I was lucky enough to attend Burning Seed Australia, a regional Burning Man event held in the State Forest of Matong in the state of NSW. It brings together the ten principles of the original Burning Man and is a collaborative experience that brings together wild and creative minds.
Personally, it was my first Burn and it was epic. I arrived after a 12-hour drive in this surreal place where we reconnect with mother nature and immediately breathe in the community air. It is difficult to call it a festival and compare it to any other festival. Here the participants create the place where for a week we connect and have fun together – unlike in festivals where organisers create a product for customers.
And that’s what makes it magnificent. Experiences and creativity are the result of all of us and not of a small group that creates the event.
The thematic fields, dozens of which are the interactive core of the event, represent a city that disappears (until next year) without leaving a trace of our passage…
During Burning Seed I spent time attending workshops such as kiss’art, bass marathon, unwind and sweat, 5 love languages discussion, sensual massage, contact juggling, face and cup decorating, home for tired souls, classy as fuck, bedtime stories, exploring shame, art therapy, dance like fire and many more.
Today I bought the ticket for the next Seed 2018 and only 135 days are left before “Fire it up!” kicks off!
PITCH MUSIC & ARTS 2018 @ Moyston Melbourne
Pitch is back for the second year after a highly successful 2017 and has redesigned the rules of what will now be the benchmark for a certain type of festival in Australia.
After a ‘short’ (as the Australians like to put it) drive on the road four hours from Melbourne, I found myself in an area bordering Mafeking, Victoria. I arrived at the gates of Pitch Music & Arts 2018 excited and eager to dance to the sets of some of my favourite artists ever. The Black Madonna, Mimi Love, Floating Points, DJ Tennis, Mano Le Tough, Moodymann and Motor City Drum Ensemble were only a small part of what was waiting for me.
After reaching friends and setting up the tent I had a first taste of the amazing culinary experience on offer through the many dining options that are undoubtedly one of the beautiful features of Australian festivals. The food offer is always very extensive and high quality.
Now I was ready to explore the festival area and be pleasantly surprised by what the whole Pitch team managed to create and thereby making our experience unique. Hammocks under the trees, large straw hay bales stacked to allow you to sit and relax your legs between one dance and the other and especially the stages. The main stage seen from a distance looked like a cube that opens and twists, leaving space for a huge dance floor where we spent four days burning calories and exchanging smiles.
Pitch at the music level has easily entered my top ten of the best festivals I have ever attended. Even perhaps I could say this already only for the fourth day of the festival. Here they call it Mad Monday and similar to the Rainbow music festival I previously reviewed, the atmosphere of Monday is magical.
I danced for all eight hours where the DJ Tennis console and Motor City Drum Ensemble switched each other out. This huge closing ceremony brought the crowds on a journey where everyone sang and danced together with their hands turned towards the sky. I will never forget this moment, the best way to end an incredible weekend.
The music, the people and the atmosphere have come together perfectly to create an incredible experience for us and for the artists. I’m curious to see how they will manage next year after setting the bar so high in 2018. See you next year, Pitch!
Here we are celebrating 420, or what some people would prefer to call World Cannabis Day, a tribute to the Waldos, a group of teenagers from San Rafael, California, that would gather at 4:20 PM to light up fresh out of high school class…
In this 47th anniversary there is a lot to say about where we are regarding weed. There have been huge steps forward in the medicinal front, as it continues to grow not only as a true pain reliever but also a way of treating symptoms of complex diseases (chronic pain, muscle spasms related to multiple sclerosis, glaucoma). It is now legal to sell/buy weed for medicinal purposes in 29 states in the US. Pure CBD Stains (one of the two key cannabinoid components, and the non-psychoactive one) are being grown and sold legally in Canada, Spain, Italy, UK, and Switzerland among others.
On the recreational front, more and more countries (Spain, Uruguay, and soon Canada) have legalized their open use, as well as 10 states in the US. Unfortunately, at the federal level it is still illegal, and while there was a dictated Federal position of non-prosecution under Obamas administration, Trump is going back and forward in settling on a position. It has become a huge business at $6 billion annual turnover and growing at 40% a year, and States like Colorado (now Republican), has a blooming industry that do not want, nor cannot afford to see it halt.
Culturally, It has reached the most unlikely social segments; vaporizers, gummies and all sorts of interesting and innovative formats for using it have also helped get to new people that would rather not smoke, or simply are no longer worried about social judgement…. From “glamorous” high-end brands (Beboe), medicinal-focused (Dosist), and high-quality organic strains (Lowell Farms), to pretty impressive edibles (Plus), there is a product out there ready for each and everyone of you to jump onto the bandwagon of this new era in the world of weed…
See you at 4:20 PM on Friday kids….
Exclusive to Festivalia: Discount for the Wakana Lake Reunion Festival in Spain
Wakana Lake Reunion is a unique and exclusive event held on May 18-20th in Los Alcornocales Natural Park, in Cádiz, Spain. Get ready to enjoy art, music and nature in a stunning setting. Activities include paddle surf, water ski, yoga, meditation and ayurvedric massages.
The lineup this year includes BLOND:ISH, Stimming, Stavroz, Crussen, and more than 20 other DJs and instrumental musicians.
We have partnered with this boutique festival to offer you exclusive access and a complimentary 15% discount code applicable to your festival tickets!
To get your tickets:
– Go to the festival website www.wakanalakereunion.com
– Click ‘Buy Tickets’
– Enter the access code 18052018
– Create an account
– Enter the discount code WakanaFestivalia at checkout
– Get your Festivalia outfit ready and pack your bags!